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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jul 2, 2013 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks Volume 7?

This set is a magnificent release, one of their best . A good chuck of great Dead, but not so intimidating as the E72 box , or odd as the Spring 90 set .
The longer Garcia is gone, the slow trickling away of the fanbase . And as so many are happy just to have the files, and many are fine with mp3, I suppose this is bound to happen .
What bothers me with this is that Dave, etc. , will forced to be REAL conservative in what they choose to release . I love the shows Dave has put out, but an 80-85 show would be great .

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Poster: Arck Date: Jul 2, 2013 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks Volume 7?

Perhaps people are just tired of Spring '77. I was underwhelmed as I already have all the previous official releases from May (the June Winterland box as well). That combined with the option of buying the FLAC download later discouraged me from buying it. I bet many people had a similar reaction.

It also didn't help that the June Winterland box bonus disc contains the meat of the 12 May show. It really felt like buying four shows, only one of which is genuinely regarded as top level, for the price of five. That said, I know it's all good stuff and I'll probably buy it one day.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jul 2, 2013 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks Volume 7?

Yeah the best stuff from the 12th was on the bonus disc .In some ways that material is my favorite stuff in the box ! Maybe they could have knocked the price down for the already released material . That said, this is some of the best sounding cds they have issued . There might be some "Spring 77" fatigue out there ( they can keep releasing the whole year, as far as I am concerned ), but I wonder if it is more general ennui out there about Dead releases . I wonder what it would take to get people excited, that is actual in the vault ?

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Poster: Arck Date: Jul 2, 2013 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks Volume 7?

There's no disputing how uniformly good all the shows from this period are. I just feel that for people who aren't particular fans of '77, it can start to sound a bit similar. That could be said of Europe '72 of course and I love that.

In my opinion the last two multi-show sets have been a bit directionless. Spring '90 made no sense to me. I think it should have been limited to two or three show runs, not a collection of shows from a tour. The '77 set appears to have been released on the basis purely that the shows are all from May '77. It felt a bit like they just had a handful of May shows left in the vault that hadn't been released so released most of them, whether they were all release-worthy or not. I'm being presumptuous though. I have heard almost exclusively good feedback so obviously the people who bought this are enjoying it.

If we knew how many downloads had been purchased, we would have a much better idea of how successful this box has been. If they've sold 10,000 boxes and 50 downloads, it's not a big success. If they've sold 10,000 boxes and 5000 downloads, it's probably a big success.

As for what would get people excited, apparently some shows from the 80s. What would get me excited? More shows completed by the tapes returned last year, more Summer '71, 14 November '73 and Winferland February '74. I do think the next Dave's Picks will be from the 70s. If it is from the 80s, I don't think it will be from the mid-80s. David Lemieux doesn't seem to be too crazy about the mid-80s but he has picked plenty of stuff from the early and late Brent years.

This post was modified by Arck on 2013-07-03 01:17:27

This post was modified by Arck on 2013-07-03 01:24:31